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UM Submission Instructions: New Directions Fellowship 2013

Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Award Title: New Directions Fellowship
Amount: Typically $175,000-$250,00 ($300,000 maximum)
The New Directions Fellowships provide support for exceptional faculty members in the humanities who received their doctorates between six and twelve years ago. The fellowships enable them to pursue systematic training outside their own special fields; they are thus intended to support the acquisition of new academic competencies needed for the pursuit of a cross-disciplinary research agenda. Unlike other fellowship awards, this program does not aim to facilitate short-term outcomes, such as completion of a book. Rather, New Directions Fellowships are meant to be viewed as longer-term investments in scholars’ intellectual range and productivity.
UM Deadline: 09/10/2013
Sponsor Deadline: 10/11/2013
Description: Serious interdisciplinary research often requires established scholar-teachers to pursue formal substantive and methodological training in addition to the PhD. New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities, broadly understood to include the arts, history, languages, area studies, and zones of such fields as anthropology and geography that bridge the humanities and social sciences, who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest. The program is intended to enable strong scholars in the humanities to work on problems that interest them most, at an appropriately advanced level of sophistication. In addition to facilitating the work of individual faculty members, these awards should benefit humanistic scholarship more generally by encouraging the highest standards in cross-disciplinary research. The university and the recipient's department should understand that New Directions Fellowships are primarily for advanced training in pursuit of a specific research agenda. Unlike other fellowship awards, this program does not aim to facilitate short-term outcomes, such as completion of a book. Rather, New Directions Fellowships are meant to be viewed as longer-term investments in scholars' intellectual range and productivity. Candidates will be faculty members who were awarded doctorates within the last six to twelve years and whose research interests call for formal training in a discipline other than the one in which they are expert. Such training may consist of coursework or other programs of organized study. It may take place either at fellows' home institutions or elsewhere, as appropriate. Although it is anticipated that many fellows will seek to acquire deeper knowledge of other fields within the broadly defined sphere of the humanities evoked above, proposals to study disciplines farther afield will also be eligible. The principal criteria for selection are: (1) the overall significance of the research, (2) the case for the importance of extra-disciplinary training for furthering the research, (3) the likely ability of the candidate to derive satisfactory results from the training program proposed; and (4) a well-developed plan for acquiring the necessary training within a reasonable period of time. Fellows will receive: (1) the equivalent of one academic year's salary; (2) two summers of additional support, each at the equivalent two-ninths of the previous academic year salary; and (3) tuition or course fees or equivalent direct costs associated with the fellows' training programs. To permit flexibility in meeting individual scholars' needs, these funds may be expended over a period not to exceed three full academic years following the date of the award. The Foundation also expects the fellow's home institution to use such budgetary relief as the award may occasion for academic purposes, preferably in the fellow's department.
Number of Applicants University is Allowed to submit: 1
Additional Requirements: _None
Sponsor Guidelines: http://www.mellon.org/grant_programs/programs/higher-education-and-scholarship/new-directions-fellowships/#ProgramDescription
UM Nominations Process: UM Nominations Process: To be considered, please submit the following materials electronically to breme006@umn.edu by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, September 10, 2013: 1) A proposal limited to 2000 words and prefaced by a summary of no more than 300 words. The proposal should provide an explanation of the overall significance of the research being undertaken and how the proposed new direction will assist in the development of the candidate's research. 2) A brief CV limited to five pages. 3) One institutional endorsement letter and one letter of recommendation from an informed senior colleague (e.g., department chair). A letter of recommendation from a colleague in the new field is optional, albeit welcome. 4)A budget for the anticipated program of study, including salary amounts and standard fringe benefits, educational costs such as required tuition or course fees, project-related travel, and in some circumstances (such as vital professional meetings and short site visits) lodging. No overhead or indirect costs are permitted. The Foundation assumes that needs for equipment or for research assistants will be met by the fellow’s home institution. Given that recent fellows’ budgets have typically ranged from $175,000 to $250,000, we have established a $300,000 maximum for these awards. Since our annual budget provides a fixed amount for this program, our ability to accommodate changes in the budgets submitted is quite limited. Candidates should understand that in recent years we have had to deny a number of requests for adjustment received after the selection of awardees; they should therefore make every effort to base their budgets on careful projections of all items in the grant budget. Questions about the University’s nomination process should be addressed to Chris Bremer (breme006@umn.edu or 612-625-6176), Coordinator of Faculty Awards, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs.
Peer Review Coordination: Office of the Senior VP for Academic Affairs and Provost contact email
Status: The internal deadline has passed but no applicants were selected. Please contact the office coordinating the peer review for more information.
 
Please note: To be considered for peer review and internal selection, faculty must follow the above submission guidelines and meet the UM deadline as set by the office coordinating the peer review for this opportunity.

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